2009 Year in Review

Took me a lot longer to put together the “Year in Review” video this time.  We have so much source material to comb through.  Thanks everyone for all the great memories this last year and for helping us through some big life changes.

A Day in the Life

Some days I even wonder what it is that I do all day. Seems like such a simple question to answer. It is easy on a good day, like we went to the zoo, drew pictures, saw friends, built a big fort, or played outside. Of course there are the other days where it takes every ounce of energy just to get the kids dressed (and maybe yourself), fed and mildly entertained.

Today it took all my energy to get Sander to school. It was raining this morning, that means extra layers and putting O in the backpack to carry to school, so I can hold an umbrella over him to keep him dry. We are ready to go out the door, let me grab an umbrella… damn. We have gone through several umbrella’s, the wind broke one, another got bent in a stroller accident on the way to school (another good story, which includes an umbrella bent under the stroller and a toddler laying on the wet sidewalk); so that left me this morning with the very cute, but very little, kid size cloud umbrella (thank you Aunt Kris) to use to cover O from the rain. Hopefully he won’t get too wet. Well, finally off to the garage to get the stroller with the rain shield that; damn again; I left in back of the car, which clearly I do not have.

Maybe we will just stay home, but no, a child at school means a little more quiet at home, oh and some learning or something too. Well I get us to school using the other stroller with the rain shield draped across it. Thankfully there was little wind today and only I got wet on the trip.

We will skip ahead to picking Sander up. Thankfully the sun has come out and I can once again use the double stroller. We made it home. We are in the door removing layers and all is well. I turn my back for two seconds and Sander is screaming with a bloody nose and Olin is looking surprised and laying flat on his back. Did O use all his baby power and reach up and punch Sander in the nose, lose his footing and fall backwards? Impressive but doubtful.

Any of you who has or takes care of young kids knows that each day is an adventure, whether it is something you can tangibly put into words and explain to others at the end of the day is another story.

Good Night Moon

Sander will be very unhappy with the news that Obama is killing the NASA program to go to the moon.   We've spent countless hours watching videos on the Constellation program and how we will take rockets and capsules to the moon.   We need to make sure we invest enough in this that way Sander can become an astronaut when he grows up.  He loves what he calls "Space Adventures".

Baby O is One

Thinking about how much has changed in Olin’s life in his short year is almost daunting. He is an interactive, crawling/cruising, investigative, talkative (he has one setting; loud), hungry, little guy. Current interests include, playing with anything his big brother has, pushing any object around the house (including but not limited to stools, garbage cans, shoes, laundry baskets and his actual toys meant for pushing), waving, climbing stairs and exploring.

Today I also can’t help thinking about the day O was born. Started out like any normal day when being over 41 weeks pregnant, uncomfortable and with doctor appointments and test. As of 8 am no progress, no labor, and a short 12 hours later O decided to appear. The day included; a walk to the park with my Mama friends to “labor park”, where I decided that perhaps I should drive Sander and I home before I couldn’t drive anymore; a phone call to Sander’s potential preschool in between contractions; our dear friend Justin who came to watch Sander, which allowed me to get my epidural an hour early; and a quick delivery.

O started the morning off with one of his favorite foods, pancakes made by Dad. We sang “Happy Birthday” to him and Sander helped him blow out his candle. He then ate 4.5 pancakes. That’s our O! Who knows what the rest of the day has in store for us. Big birthday celebration is this weekend when Gran and Papa D arrive. Here are some pictures from O’s year!

O eating the last of his birthday pancakes.

Peaceful O at one month.

Two cute brothers.

All smiles.